The Age of Witches: A Novel Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
In Gilded Age New York, a centuries-long clash between two magical families ignites when a young witch must choose between love and loyalty, power and ambition, in this magical novel by Louisa Morgan.
In 1692, Bridget Bishop was hanged as a witch. Two hundred years later, her legacy lives on in the scions of two very different lines: one dedicated to using their powers to heal and help women in need; the other, determined to grasp power for themselves by whatever means necessary.
This clash will play out in the fate of Annis, a young woman in Gilded Age New York who finds herself a pawn in the family struggle for supremacy. She'll need to claim her own power to save herself-and resist succumbing to the darkness that threatens to overcome them all.
"Narrator Polly Lee brings her own brand of magic to a story of witches at a time when women were not allowed to be agents of their own destiny. Her vocal choices craft exceptionally bright and well-defined characters of different classes who embody distinct styles, and personalities. Her voices create a polished performance full of the vocal subtleties of a well-told story." (AudioFile)
"Morgan's beautifully conjured tale of three women, social mores, and the sanctity of self-determination is thoroughly enthralling." (Booklist, starred review)
"Morgan’s incantatory prose and independent-minded women will delight fans of Alice Hoffman and Sarah Addison Allen with this tale of female self-realization and magical realism. A highly enjoyable read." (Historical Novel Society)
From more from Louisa Morgan, check out:
- A Secret History of Witches
- The Witch's Kind
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|Listening Length||14 hours and 14 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||April 07, 2020|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #16,078 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#73 in Occult Horror Fiction
#257 in Occult Fiction
#269 in Historical Fantasy (Audible Books & Originals)
Reviewed in the United States on June 7, 2020
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This clash will play out in the fate of Annis, a young woman in Gilded Age New York who finds herself a pawn in the family struggle for supremacy. She'll need to claim her own power to save herself - and resist succumbing to the darkness that threatens to overcome them all.
Bravo. I love these books by Louisa Morgan. I saw a lot of reviews that comment on how slow they are…maybe to them, but not to me. I love the detail. I feel so immersed in her stories. I want to be friends with her characters. In fact, it kind of breaks my heart that they are fictional. Sigh…
I love this book ! The witches are powerful and their strengths are many. The details of the story are quite exquisite. The author truly captures the time and place for her readers. The charcters are fascinating and captured this reader. Louise Morgan is one of my favorite authors and I cannot wait to read her next book. This was so beautifully crafted that it was enjoyable cover to cover. Review cross posted. A most excellent highly recommended read. Intriguing and immersive. If you liked The Nightingale , The Two Marias , or The Book Thief , you'll definitely like this one. OMG. Let's be clear: this is a must read.
My gripes are that the characters, at times, felt like they weren’t fully fleshed out. Maybe it’s because I’m used to reading a book series where the author has the time to go into each character’s back story in-depth. Also, I thought that the fact that everything tied up nice and neat for Annis was a little boring. Nothing was ever truly at stake, as the main character got everything she ever wanted. Most readers want that in a story, but I just find it a little dull.
All in all, it was a good read that kept my attention throughout and I would certainly recommend it.
So this one is billed as a historical romance on Amazon and it indeed has some of the outward trappings of a historical romance; an impoverished marquess, an american heiress who wants to breed horses, a initial meeting that doesn't go well, and the required HEA.
However, those trappings are a glaze on a cake of a story mostly detailing how two cousin witches pound herbs, clip nails, drop drips of blood into wax to wield their family magic on men in the story.
So going into this book, if it was a historical novel about all that witch history and a deeper exploration into the ways the Bishop family magic can be used for good or ill, and seen the workings of that magic become a method of self-actualization in a time when women were more or less owned by men, that would have been awesome. However, the book's stance on using magic to influence men is very preachy---and then inconsistent in my opinion. The "good" cousin witch Harriet condemns the "bad" cousin Frances for using magic to gain the affections of a man, but then turns around and does a similar thing herself for her niece, Annis. So...wasn't sure the message really was conveyed in the character arc/plot.
Or if I went into the book believing all the trope indications of historical romance, and then the book lingered on the actual repartee and emotional connection between the marquess and Annis, that would have been awesome too. There is 0 level of steam, the book spends more time on Annis and the marquesses' mother's relationship in terms of emotional attachment, and over relies on the magic for connection in the first place. The marquess' willingness to cross an ocean and marry Annis with or without her fortune is supposed to be "proof" he isn't influence by Frances' magic any more, but really I felt that result could easily be leftover magic so really, really missed the development of the relationship.
So I was left dissatisfied in the end due to the lack of actual historical romance relationship and somewhat contradictory approach to the potentially interesting exploration of morals as expressed by the Bishop women's access to powers in a usually stifling society. Ah well. So discovered this author not to my personal taste.
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Brilliantly written, I couldn't put it down. I do hope there will be a follow up!